The American Kennel Club (AKC) has been developing a new Premier Class that will emphasize international handling elements like threadles, 270s, forced layering, longer distances between obstacles, and bi-directional jumps/tunnels. Various clubs have offered the class as a demonstration, and one of them mentioned the use of inverted pinwheels. Many people, including us, had never
Utilizing the Coach’s Eye, we analyze dog agility videos with slow motion and on screen diagrams.
Here's a very interesting Masters Challenge Biathlon Jumpers course from a recent USDAA trial designed by Tammi Stone. In this article, I'm going to take a closer look at the sequence from the #14 tunnel to the #17 jump. Below the map are two videos: the first shows me running the entire course at the
For the next several weeks, we will be sharing our thoughts and training for dogs that are new to the sport. Often, instructors overlook analyses of novice courses in favor of more complex or tricky courses. Watch the video below for a map analysis and run by a true novice dog (not yet showing) followed
In this video, we analyze Rosanne DeMascio's winning 26" Challenger Round run with Strafe. Our focus is not on her handling choices, but on how Rosanne effortlessly reaches key positions on course by moving on as soon as her dog is committed to a given obstacle or line, allowing her to run a smooth, flowing
Click on the video below for a breakdown of an interesting sequence from Round 1 of the 2014 AKC National Agility Championship.
Would 0.33 seconds be the difference between Gold and Bronze? Between a Q and a placement? Between making the finals and being the first dog eliminated? Agility is often decided by the slimmest of margins, one of the reasons that we now use electronic timing. And in a speed sport, 0.33 seconds matters. Wrap choices
Steve Schwarz over at Agility Nerd has designed a great practice course based on the 2013 IFCS Championship of the Americas Biathlon Jumping course. Sarah and I agreed to analyze the course, run it, analyze our run, and include a link to Steve's analysis in our post. In his blog, Steve notes that he has
When faced with a choice on course, many dogs will choose to "split the difference", meaning the dog will head somewhere in between the two choices while they wait for the handler to provide additional information. Dogs that split the difference are trying very hard to be right. Rather than guess wrong, they delay, possibly
In the video below, we apply Greg Derrett's 3 step method for comparing dog paths on the agility course (as outlined in his DVD On Course to Excel). Take a look at the first four obstacles below--which way will you turn your dog after jump #3? After you've decided, watch the video below the course